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About North Central College

North Central College

Since 1861, North Central has been a place where new ideas lead to unlimited possibilities. We’re an independent college dedicated to the power of the liberal arts and sciences to transform students into leaders both in their careers and communities. Our nearly 3,000 students study across more than 65 undergraduate and graduate programs, with their education made richer by supportive faculty and staff, world-class facilities and countless opportunities to learn beyond the classroom.

A College on the move

Building on the foundation of more than 150 years of excellence, North Central continues to grow with numerous new facilities, programs and initiatives in the works.

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The story of North Central

We’ve accomplished a great deal since 1861, but we still have much more to do.

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Inspire Campaign

Join our initiative to help celebrate the women who encourage, support and impact our lives.

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Earth. Society. Economy.

From our buildings to our dining, we instill core sustainability values in all aspects of campus life.

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Student achievements

From Fulbright and Goldwater scholarships to nationally recognized fellowships to academic All-American honors, we celebrate our students’ impactful achievements every day.

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Our leadership, faculty and staff

Learn more about the people at North Central College who transform students lives for the better. 

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Meet our president, Dr. Anita Thomas, and our vice presidents.

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We’re governed by a 34-member Board of Trustees.

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Faculty and Staff

Our 150 full-time and 33 part-time faculty, along with staff and administrators, are devoted to your success.

Additional resources

Information for alumni, press and the greater community.

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For alumni

Catch up with old friends at a wine festival or ball game. We have lots of ways to stay connected with your North Central family.

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Information for the media

Partner with our communications staff to share inspiring stories about North Central College and our students.

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Education programs for the community

With camps and events, we’re here for our neighbors, too.

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Host your event here

From 10,000 spectators to 50 meeting guests, we have facilities for events large and small.

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Join the conversation with #BeCentral.